Republicans hunt for third-party candidate to stop Donald Trump

| Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 16:31
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Republicans want to stop Trump at any cost

Republicans want to stop Trump at any cost

New York: In a latest twist in a topsy turvy election this year, Senior Republicans are now eagerly looking out for a third-party candidate to run in November's general election as part of a final effort to prevent either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton becoming the president.
Top Republicans, from former president George W Bush to Paul Ryan, the party's most senior elected official, are refusing to endorse their presumptive candidate.
Although third party candidates face tough competition, an independent campaign could attract enough support to prevent Mr Trump or Mrs Clinton, who both attract almost as much hostility as backing from winning the 270 electoral college votes they need to become president. 
Mrs Clinton is also cultivating links with prominent Republican figures she got to know during her time as American secretary of state in the Obama administration.

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